Gaming Headsets – What To Consider

If you’re an avid gamer, you’ll want to invest in a gaming headset. Why? Because having a headset allows you to fully immerse yourself in the game, blocking out distractions from the outside world. Unlike headphones, gaming headsets also come with a microphone so you’ll find it easier to communicate with the other players, enhancing your overall gaming experience. Here’s what to consider when buying a gaming headset.

Sennheiser Binaural Ear Cup
Sennheiser Binaural Ear Cup, shop.bt.com

Is It Compatible With Your Platform? 

Whether you play your games on a PC, PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll need to ensure that your chosen headset is compatible. Most are designed with just one platform in mind but it’s not unusual for them to work across several. As long as the headset comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, you’ll be able to plug it into your PS4, Xbox One or PC. If you’re a PC gamer and not bothered about using your headsets for other types of hardware, look for a headset with a USB connection.

Is It Comfortable To Wear? 

Let’s face it, if you’re spending a considerable amount of money on a gaming headset, the chances are you’ll want to get the most use out of it. Many gamers play solidly for hours at a time so ensuring your headset is comfortable for the duration of your gameplay is essential. Look for ultra-lightweight headsets with that are adjustable to fit your head snugly. Cushioned ear cups are ideal for avid gamers as you’ll be able to wear your headset all day long without any discomfort.

Which Features Come With The Microphone? 

We’ve already mentioned that unlike headphones, headsets come with a microphone – but did you know that they can offer different features? For example, some come with a noise-cancelling function allowing you to block out any background noise and focus purely on your gameplay. Others come with a detachable microphone for when you’re playing a single player game and do not need to communicate with other players.

Panasonic Noise Cancelling Headphones
Panasonic Noise Cancelling Headphones, shop.bt.com

What’s The Sound Quality Like? 

It’s difficult to test headsets for sound quality before you buy them – so the best way to ensure your chosen headset offers the right quality for you is to read several reviews first. A headset with one bad review for sound quality but lots of good reviews is likely to perform well, while reviews that rate it poorly for sound quality indicate it’s unlikely to be worth buying.

Positional Audio

Games with positional audio are popular as you feel totally immersed in what’s going on on-screen. But unless your gaming headset is up to the job, you won’t be able to take advantage of it. Good quality gaming headsets can pinpoint the exact location of each sound, allowing the player to hear a gunshot from the left or approaching footsteps from the right and respond instantly.

Surround Sound Vs Stereo

For accurate positional audio, you’ll need a headset with surround sound. This means each earpiece contains several speakers, enabling sound locations to be detected. If you’re not into games with positional audio and are more interested in a good quality sound experience then we recommend stereo headsets.

To Force Feedback Or Not To Force Feedback, That Is The Question

For a realistic gaming experience, you may want to consider force feedback. Headsets with this feature have built-in motors in the ear cups that vibrate and buzz to make what’s happening on screen feel more lifelike. For example, they might buzz every time a gun is shot.

Do You Want Wired Or Wireless? 

The advantage of wired headsets is that they don’t need to be charged so you can just keep on gaming for as long as you like. Wireless headsets mean you don’t have to worry about tripping over wires or getting them tangled. You will have to use either disposable or rechargeable batteries though, which could limit the amount of time you can game for on any given day.

Corsair Gaming VOID RGB Wireless SE Yellow Jacket Gaming Headset
Corsair Gaming VOID RGB Wireless Gaming Headset – shop.bt.com

What’s Your Budget? 

Last but certainly not least, you’ll have to consider your budget before you buy a headset. The bigger your budget, the more features you’ll be able to take advantage of. For those with a smaller budget, it’s not the end of the world as headsets tend to be very affordably priced so you won’t lose out on too many of the higher-end features.

Once you’ve determined which features are most important to your gaming needs, browse the full selection of headsets available at BT Shop.

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